U.S. Snowboarder Michelle Gorgone wins in Copper

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 13, 2009 9:08 am

U.S. Team snowboarder Michelle Gorgone of Boston launched the 2010 Race to the Cup alpine snowboard series with a gold medal performance at Copper Mountain yesterday. “It was a good day today and a great way to start the season,” Gorgone said. “I just tried to ride smart and consistent without pushing myself too hard.”

Gorgone was followed on the podium by Japan’s Tomoka Takeuchi and Canadian Kimiko Zakreski who took the bronze.
”It was a great test competing against top athletes from Switzerland, Japan, and Canada. This really helps us judge where we are at before going into Olympic qualifiers next month,” Gorgone added.

The U.S Men fared almost equally as well. Team rider Justin Reiter took silver, and Adam finished third. “I was really happy with my results after competing against such top caliber riders,” said Smith. “It was great to come back out and start to get in the groove again. Everyone out here is fired up and is really looking forward to qualifying for the Olympics.”

Racing continues today at Copper before the Race to the Cup moves to Steamboat Springs, CO Dec. 11-12.


Copper, CO – Nov. 12, 2009

Parallel Giant Slalom

1. Simon Schoch, Switzerland

2. Justin Reiter, Steamboat Springs, CO

3. Adam Smith, Bend, OR


1. Michelle Gorgone, Boston

2. Tomoka Takeuchi, Japan

3. Kimiko  Zakreski, Canada